HC calls for video clip of bribe demanding by ACC official03 March 2021
Staff Reporter :
The High Court on Tuesday called for a video clip that was recorded while demanding bribe by an assistant director the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Md Alamgir Hossain.
The High Court bench of Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice Mohi Uddin Shamim passed the order after holding hearing on a writ petition filed for changing the investigation officer of two ACC cases.
The court asked the petitioner's lawyer who claimed to have the video clip of the incident to submit it before the court on March 7 next.
Advocate Md Kamal Hossain appeared in the court on behalf of the petitioners, while Deputy Attorney General AKM Amin Uddin Manik represented the state.
According to the case documents, the Anti-Corruption Commission sent a letter on March 3, 2019, upon Md Abdul Kuddus Howlader, a former Sub-Register of Dhaka registry office, and his wife Mahinoor Begum to submit the returns of their assets.
Complying with the letter they submitted returns of their assets on March 20 in 2019.
Receiving the return of the assets ACC Assistant Director Md Alamgir Hossain filed two cases against Abdul Kuddus Howlader and his wife Mahinoor Begum.
Then the accused surrendered before the High Court and secured anticipatory bail on November 25, 2020 and later they also secured bail from the court of the senior special judge of Dhaka on December 1 in 2020.
The cases are still under investigation and no report has yet been submitted to the court.
According to the writ petition, the accused on February 1 this year filed application to the chairman of the ACC for changing the investigation officer of the cases as the officer demanded immoral benefit from them.
As the chairman of the ACC did not take any action over the prayer for changing investigation officer, the accused persons filed a writ petition with the High Court on February 28 seeking the same demand.
During the hearing on the writ petition, counsel of the petitioners claimed that he had the record of demanding bribe by the ACC investigation officer. Then the High Court asked him to submit it in the court on March 7.